Fire suppression systems are used to extinguish or prevent the spread of fire in a building. Suppression systems use a combination of dry chemicals and/or wet agents to suppress equipment fires.
Employers must have their fire extinguishers inspected by a certified fire inspector once annually. Verify the locking pin is intact and the tamper seal is unbroken. Examine the extinguisher for obvious physical damage, corrosion, leakage, or clogged nozzle. Confirm the pressure gauge or indicator is in the operable range or position, and lift the extinguisher to ensure it is still full.
Every five years, all Powder, Foam, Water and Wet Chemical extinguishers should be discharged, tested, and refilled (extended service). This service should be completed by a certified inspector who will empty and refill the extinguisher.
Vehicle fire suppression systems can detect and suppress fires before they have a chance to do severe damage to your equipment. These systems most importantly protect the operator from severe or fatal injuries.
A hydro-static test is a method to validate the structural integrity & safety of a cylinder throughout its service live. The material of the SCBA cylinder (i.e. steel, aluminum, composite) dictates both the required frequency of testing and the overall service life of the cylinder.
How often do my tanks need to be tested? The DOT mandates a new hydro-static test every five years after the initial test, while some special tanks require tests every three years. Visual inspections are required yearly on scuba cylinders.
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